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Cotswold DC Donates £325 To Church Appeal

Cotswold District Council is to donate £325 to the appeal to restore Cirencester Parish Church after mistakenly charging on Sundays in one of its car parks.

The Council charges from Monday to Saturday inclusive in its pay and display car parks in Cirencester, while parking on Sundays is free.

However, after making vital changes to the notices on its ticket machines, the Council inadvertently charged on Sundays at the Abbey Grounds car park for two months.

Portfolio holder for the Environment Cllr Mark Tufnell said: “We are extremely sorry for this unfortunate error and apologise to anyone who was mistakenly charged.

“We believe some of those people using the car park on Sundays may have been visiting the Church, so making a donation to the restoration appeal seems appropriate.

“We have, of course, refunded the parking fee to those members of the public who retained their ticket after realising the error.”

The mistake occurred because the Council needed to make changes to the notices on all its pay and display machines after taking on new parking enforcement responsibilities from the police.

The incorrect notice was only posted on one of the two ticket machines in the Abbey Grounds. The mistake was put right after it was brought to the Council’s attention by a member of the public.

Cllr Tufnell added: “We believe that people who regularly park at the Abbey Grounds are not out of pocket as they know that we don't charge on Sundays and therefore probably won’t even have looked at the ticket machine.

“However, we have been able to work out how much extra money has been collected as a result of this mistake and will be donating this amount to the appeal.”

Posted : 06/03/2008 20:35:21

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